Time to Abolish School Boards

Time to Abolish School Boards

This website will not be renewed as of May 18, 2017. In the 11 years of this site’s history a lot has changed. More logic and events have come to bear on the topic of abolishing school boards. Charter schools, especially in America, are growing and they do bypass centralized school boards. Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are becoming a reality, again in the US. And the new Education Secretary under President Donald Trump’s regime (Nov 2016) , Betsy DeVos, is promoting family choice, a disruptive factor that will challenge school board relevancy. There is also much awareness in Canada.

Today’s (20170509) search via Google produces these items (only a few selected) :

1. Abolish School Boards — 2014
Abolishing school boards would release intended education dollars to their intended targets – students. At the moment far too much of that earmarked money is …   (this site — http://abolish-school-boards.org/ )

2. Abolish the school boards – The Globe and Mail
“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he created school boards.” – Mark Twain. Talk about dysfunction. The Toronto District School … (MARGARET WENTE Abolish the school boards, The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Dec. 02, 2014 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/abolish-the-school-boards/article21859859/ )

3. Should governments close our school boards? – The Globe and Mail
British Columbia Alberta … Should governments close our school boards? … the movement to abolish school boards recently gained some ground when a political …( KATE HAMMER – EDUCATION REPORTER The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Jul. 16, 2010 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/should-governments-close-our-school-boards/article1389140/ )

4. Abolish School Boards | Is it time to abolish school boards …
School boards have been around in one form or another since Colonial days. Their numbers peaked in 1930 at 127,000 but have dwindled to 14,000 today. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-02-17/news/bs-ed-schools-boards-20110217_1_board-members-national-school-board-association-board-responsibilities )

5. Is It Time to Abolish the School Board? – The K-12 Contrarian … blogs.edweek.org/edweek/…/abolish_the_school_board.html…
Apr 28, 2017 · Last week I wrote about my (very brief) experience as a candidate for the local schoolboard. My candidacy, like the selection process, was pretty much …  ( http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/K-12_Contrarian/2015/03/abolish_the_school_board.html?plckFindCommentKey=CommentKey:b11ba1d3-25bd-486b-b5ff-ef513b4a786d )

6. KONRAD YAKABUSKI The jig is up for Canada’s school boards The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-jig-is-up-for-canadas-school-boards/article34790863/ —one of the comments is below:
"mcguirp2 April 24, 2017
Terrific article – really speaks to one of the reasons education in Canada – especially Ontario cannot really become excellent – so many levels of bureaucracy, not only trustees, but most board officials act in their own self interest with very little understanding of what is good for kids. I wrote a longer response here – https://paulmcguire1.com/2017/04/24/why-do-we-have-school-boards/
Hope there is a follow-up to this article!
Paul McGuire – former principal OCSB (Ottawa)"

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